Europe Express

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Europe Express

from £812
Duration: 11 days
Countries: Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Switzerland
There is so much to offer the traveller on this continent and this tour is a perfect introduction. See all the major highlights as well as some hidden gems that show this region at its best.
Summary

Europe Express

This is the perfect Europe tour for those who are big on ambition but short on time. Experiencing it all with a group of other young travellers, you will be amazed by what we can fit into just 11 days!

N.B. Price includes food fund of £170

Itinerary

Day 1: London, UK to Paris, France

Travel Day: London, UK, to Paris, France.

All good things start with Paris. Meet the crew, grab some supplies and hit the road early in the morning as we jump across the English Channel to Paris via the white cliffs of Dover.

Pinch yourself and instagram your first selfie over dinner before we kick off the trip with a guided night tour of the City of Lights with your Trip Leader (aka living guide book). Home to Coco Chanel, the Eiffel Tower and the Mona Lisa, Paris has more than deserved its reputation as the European capital for all things culture, fashion and food. And you're about to find out why.

Included today:
-City lights tour of Paris

Meals: Dinner.

Did you know:
-When the mummy of Ramesses II was flown to Paris in 1974, he had to be issued with a passport stating his occupation as “King (deceased)”.
-The Statue of Liberty was a gift to the US from France. She's totally French.
-The Paris municipal government has banned Tom Cruise from ever becoming an honorary citizen of the city. #staystrong.

Day 2: Paris

This morning: free time en Francais. From the Louvre and Musée d'Orsay to the l'Arc de Triomphe and Champs Elysées, you'll be sure to make a solid dent in your bucket list. Then: hop on an optional bike tour of Paris or roam the streets on your own before our gourmet picnic at the Eiffel Tower. End your day with an optional Seine River cruise or a #throwback bohemian cabaret show.

Included today:
-Free day
-Gourmet picnic by the Eiffel Tower

Meals: Breakfast, dinner.

Optional activities:
-Paris bike tour
-Seine River cruise
-Traditional cabaret show in the Latin Quarter

Day 3: Paris to Swiss Alps, Switzerland

Travel Day: Paris to Swiss Alps, Switzerland.

Trade in Parisian streets for snowy peaks. Home to the highest point in Europe, 72 waterfalls and one of the largest nature conservations in Switzerland, Lauterbrunnen is obviously where we're spending the night. Urban charm ain't got nothing on Swiss scenery. Upon arrival, chow down on Swiss cuisine and hit the bar for a nightcap.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Did you know:
-The Dalai Lama owns the smallest vineyard in the world, consisting of three vines, spanning a mere 1.67 square metres. It's in Switzerland too.
-Here in the Swiss Alps you can lease a cow and score all the cheese produced from its milk. Best. Idea. Ever.
-It's illegal to own just one guinea pig in Switzerland. You must have at least two because they like having a buddy (and the Swiss government is sweeter than chocolate).

Day 4: Swiss Alps

Scenic hikes and jaw-dropping views are on today's agenda. Go low key with a mountain walk or hop on board the Jungfraubahn railway for an optional visit to the Jungfrau Mountain summit.

Fairytale villages en route, sky-diving out of a helicopter upon arrival (if heights don't scare you). Another local feast awaits your return, regardless of how you make your way back down.

Included today:
-Free day

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Optional activities:
-Visit the highest station on the European continent on top of Jungfrau Mountain via the Jungfraubahn railway. Also known as 'the roof of Europe' and the spot that guarantees snow, year round.
-Helicopter ride.
-Skydiving.

Day 5: Swiss Alps to Venice, Italy

Travel Day: Swiss Alps to Venice, Italy.

Time to yodel your way down the mountains and into the land of the long boot to say ciao to Venice from across the lagoon. Check out our accommodation, have an Eat Pray Love-worthy relationship with an irresistible Italian (meal) and get pumped for living out your own version of The Italian Job tomorrow.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Did you know:
-Venice is sinking at the rate of 1-2 millimetres a year, five times faster than originally estimated. All the more reason to cross it off your bucket list.
-The Medico della peste (the one with the long beak) is one of the most recognisable Venetian masks but it was born out of practicality - doctors wore them with perfume in the end to block the scent and prevent the spread of disease while treating Plague victims.
-The narrowest street in Venice (Calle Varisco) is only 53cm at chest level. Breathe in!

Day 6: Venice

You know it as the floating city, but this place is actually sinking (slowly). Check out St. Mark's Square, Accademia Bridge and a who's who of Venice's usual suspects on a guided walking tour then jump on a vaporetto and explore the Grand Canal.

Also on the schedule: a lesson in traditional lace-making and an optional gondola ride through the maze of marble bridges and gelato shops we call Venice. Throw away your map in the afternoon and try to find the world's most epic little bookshop, Libreria Acqua Alta, or just go on a mission to find the perfect gelato.

Included today:
-Walking Tour
-Lace School Demonstration
-Vaporetto ride on the Grand Canal

Meals: Breakfast, dinner.

Optional activities:
-Gondola ride on the Grand Canal

Day 7: Venice to Munich, Germany

Travel Day: Venice to Munich, Germany.

It's time to get to know the city where beer is officially considered a food. Your Trip Leader will clue you up on the Bavarian capital on a walking tour. Slide on your Lederhosen and have a royal Happy Hour experience (none of that craft beer nonsense here) at the 426-year-old Hofbräuhaus - the recipes here were passed down from Wilhelm V, the Duke of Bavaria. ““Oans, zwoa, g'suffa”” (one, two, down the hatch)!

Included today:
-Walking tour of Munich

Meals: Breakfast, lunch.

Did you know:
-In 1632 a Swedish king planned to burn Munich to the ground but instead took a few hostages and 600,000 barrels of Hofbräuhaus. Yep, this is beer so good it stops cities being annihilated.
-The longest word published in the German language is Donaudampfschifffahrtselektrizitätenhauptbetriebswerkbauunterbeamtengesellschaft (79 letters). Spelling bee, anyone?
-Since 1516

Day 8: Munich to Rhine Valley

Travel Day: Munich to Rhine Valley.

Medieval castles, vineyards and the mighty Rhine River are all up next today. Breathe in as we weave our way through narrow cobblestone streets and tunnels to and give Queen B a run for her money with your own 12th-century castle quarters. #ballin. Besides its obvious appeals - fairytale views over the Rhine, anyone? - half of Germany's wine comes from here. Shame not to try some.

Included today:
-Rhine Valley castle stay
-Visit to former concentration camp Dachau

Meals: Breakfast, dinner.

Optional activities:
-Rhine Valley River Cruise

Day 9: Rhine Valley to Amsterdam, Netherlands

Travel Day: Rhine Valley to Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Amster-DAM it's going to be a good day! Start dreaming of cheese, clogs and cheeky cafe stops as we roll through tulip and windmill dotted fields to Amsterdam. Learn how cheddar and the chunky wooden shoes are made then get your bearings on a walking tour of the vibrant capital and see the Dam Square, Royal Palace and National Monument. End the night with a cone of hot chips with mayo. Mmm.

Included today:
-Steins and Cuckoos demonstration
-Dutch cheese and clogs demonstration

Meals: Breakfast.

Optional activities:
-Sex show

Did you know:
-The city is built on stilts like Venice but lays claim to having more canals than its Italian counterpart. Stick that in your gondola and smoke it!
-Amsterdam residents slug down an average of 3.2 cups of coffee every single day, putting them just behind Finland in coffee consumption per capita.

Day 10: Amsterdam

Join the 881,000 bicycles and get local on a city bike tour of Amsterdam's iconic canals, bridges and parks. Culture fiends, delve deeper with a visit to Anne Frank House, Van Gogh or Rijksmuseum. Still thirsty for more? Check out the Heineken Experience for an interactive visit and tasting at the brewery. Top it off with a dinner cruise on the canal. #imonaboat

Included today:
-Canal dinner cruise
-Amsterdam bike tour

Meals: Breakfast, dinner.

Day 11: Amsterdam to London, UK

Travel Day: Amsterdam to London.

Gluten intolerant? We're sorry. Really. With chocolate, waffles and beer at top of the national list of pride in Bruges it makes for a damn fine walking tour stop. Stock up on the sweet stuff, climb the 366-step belfry and nip the post-holiday blues in the bud before London calls with a serving of the local specialty - chips by the cone fried in beef and horse fat. Mmm. Then it's back on the ferry to ol' Blighty to start planning your next adventure. Facebook friends?

Included today:
-Bruges walking tour

Meals: Breakfast.

Did you know:
-The 13th-century belfry houses a carillon with 48 bells and employs a full-time carillonneur to clang them around regularly, serving up a free concert with no noise restrictions.
-“Somebody that you used to know” Australian musician Gotye was born in Bruges.
-Just when you thought nothing could top Belgian chocolate, Bruges dishes up a museum paying homage to the humble potato - Frietmuseum. Well, this is the home of the French fry, after all (it's a long story).


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Inclusions

Paris ‘City Lights’ Tour
Paris gourmet picnic beside the Eiffel Tower
Dutch cheese & clogs demonstration
Bicycle tour of Amsterdam
Vaporetto ride on Grand Canal, Venice
Visit former concentration camp Dachau
Canal dinner cruise in Amsterdam
Lace demonstration in Venice
Stay in the Rhine Valley castle region

More Inclusions

10 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 8 dinners
8 nights in hostels & 2 nights in bungalows at European campsites
English Channel ferry crossings
Modern air-conditioned coach
Guided tours of all major cities
Trip Leader + Driver + Topdeck On-Site Chefs

Group Size

Average 35, maximum 48

Transport

Modern air-conditioned coach, including power points for charging electronics.
During peak season, some coaches will not have Wi-Fi

Age

This tour is suitable for people aged 18-39

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